D r i f t g l a s s has a stirring meditation this morning on the State of the Union, with reference to the Batman mythos: And if one were inclined in that direction, one could also see it [Batman Begins] as a Lost Liberal Parable for the 21st Century. Thomas Wayne, who “nearly bankrupted Wayne Enterprises fighting poverty during the Depression” as the only-dimly-remembered Good Liberal Father (or perhaps even a genuine Compassionate Conservative, a species long gone extinct in our dark lands.) A city that has lost faith in its own vision of itself. A government where good men still exist, but corruption has so riddled its bones that even if the wanted to clean it up, “in a town this dirty, who's there left to rat to?” When the President and all of his Men are rotting this nation from the head down, that sentiment could not be more apropos. Read the whole post (link above). I feel the darkness closing in, but I, too, refuse to give up hope. D.